Checkout API

PayHere Checkout API lets you integrate PayHere with your website, web application or any other application in code level. It offers a simple HTML Form based POST API to initiate a payment request and redirect your customer to PayHere Payment Gateway to securely process the payment. Once the payment is processed it notifies your given URL (notify_url) about the payment status by a server callback with a checksum to verify the response params. You can use those response params & checksum to verify and update your system, based on the payment status.


You need your PayHere Merchant ID & Merchant Secret to integrate with Checkout API.

  • Merchant ID can be found at Integrations (or Settings > Domains & Credentials in old portal)
  • Merchant Secret can be generated for your domain/app as follows
    1. Go to Integrations (or Settings > Domains & Credentials in old portal)
    2. Click 'Add Domain/App' > Fill details > Click 'Request to Allow'
    3. Wait for the approval for your domain
    4. Copy the Merchant Secret for your domain/app

Note: Merchant Secrets are domain/app specific, therefore you need to generate a new Merchant Secret every time you're integrating PayHere on a new domain/app.

1. Redirecting Customer to PayHere Payment Gateway

Regardless of your scripting language, you can simply use an HTML Form to submit the below POST params to PayHere Payment Gateway. When the form is submitted, your customer will be securely redirected to the PayHere Payment Gateway & the customer can then enter the credentials (Card No / CVV / eZCash No / PIN) & securely process the payment there.

Action URL
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Required POST Parameters
  • merchant_id - PayHere Merchant ID
  • return_url - URL to redirect users when success
  • cancel_url - URL to redirect users when cancelled
  • notify_url - URL to callback the status of the payment (Needs to be a URL accessible on a public IP/domain)
  • first_name - Customer’s First Name
  • last_name - Customer’s Last Name
  • email - Customer’s Email
  • phone - Customer’s Phone No
  • address - Customer’s Address Line1 + Line2
  • city - Customer’s City
  • country - Customer’s Country
  • order_id - Order ID generated by the merchant
  • items - Item title or Order/Invoice number
  • currency - Currency Code (LKR/USD)
  • amount - Total Payment Amount
Optional POST Parameters
  • delivery_address - Delivery Address Line1 + Line2
  • delivery_city - Delivery City
  • delivery_country - Delivery Country
  • item_name_1 - Name of Item 1
  • item_number_1 - Model number of Item 1
  • amount_1 - Unit amount of Item 1
  • quantity_1 - Quantity of Item 1
  • item_name_2 - Name of Item 2
  • item_number_2 - Model number of Item 2
  • amount_2 - Unit amount of Item 2
  • quantity_2 - Quantity of Item 2
    (You can list rest of the items also like this)
  • platform - Referring Platform
  • custom_1 - Custom param 1 set by merchant
  • custom_2 - Custom param 2 set by merchant
  • hash - Generated hash value to ensure extra security

If you need to add extra security when initializing the payment you can use hash parameter. Please note that this parameter should not be generated in client-side since it will expose your payhere_secret
The hash value can be generated in following manner

hash = to_upper_case( md5( merchant_id + order_id + payhere_amount + payhere_currency + to_upper_case( md5(payhere_secret) ) ) )

PHP Code sample for generating hash

md5sig = strtoupper (md5 ( merchant_id + order_id + payhere_amount + payhere_currency + strtoupper(md5(payhere_secret)) ) )

Code Sample
<form method="post" action="">   
    <input type="hidden" name="merchant_id" value="121XXXX">    <!-- Replace your Merchant ID -->
    <input type="hidden" name="return_url" value="">
    <input type="hidden" name="cancel_url" value="">
    <input type="hidden" name="notify_url" value="">  
    </br></br>Item Details</br>
    <input type="text" name="order_id" value="ItemNo12345">
    <input type="text" name="items" value="Door bell wireless">
    <input type="text" name="currency" value="LKR">
    <input type="text" name="amount" value="1000">  
    </br></br>Customer Details</br>
    <input type="text" name="first_name" value="Saman">
    <input type="text" name="last_name" value="Perera">
    <input type="text" name="email" value="[email protected]">
    <input type="text" name="phone" value="0771234567"></br>
    <input type="text" name="address" value="No.1, Galle Road">
    <input type="text" name="city" value="Colombo">
    <input type="hidden" name="country" value="Sri Lanka"></br>
    <input type="submit" value="Buy Now">   

2. Listening to Payment Notification

As soon as the payment is processed, PayHere notifies the payment status to the notify_url you posted to the Checkout API as a server callback & redirects the customer back to your website to the return_url. Payment notification will contain the following data as POST params, so you need to host a script on your notify_url to fetch the following POST params & update your database accordingly.

POST params
  • merchant_id - PayHere Merchant ID of the merchant
  • order_id - Order ID sent by Merchant to Checkout page
  • payment_id - Unique Payment ID generated by PayHere for the processed payment
  • payhere_amount - Total Amount of the payment
  • payhere_currency - Currency code of the payment (LKR/USD/GBP/EUR/AUD)
  • status_code - Payment status code (2, 0, -1, -2, -3)
  • md5sig - Encrypted signature to verify the payment
  • custom_1 - Custom param 1 sent by merchant to Checkout page
  • custom_2 - Custom param 2 sent by merchant to Checkout page
  • method - Payment method selected by the customer. (VISA, MASTER, AMEX, EZCASH, MCASH, GENIE, VISHWA, PAYAPP, HNB, FRIMI)
  • status_message - Message received from payment gateway which the customer tried to pay

    If the customer made the payment by `VISA` or `MASTER` credit/debit card, following parameters will also be available.
  • card_holder_name - Card Holder Name
  • card_no - Masked card number (Ex: ************4564)
  • card_expiry - Card expiry in format MMYY (Ex: 0122)

Payment Status Codes

  • 2 - success
  • 0 - pending
  • -1 - canceled
  • -2 - failed
  • -3 - chargedback

Please note that;

  • The request parameters are encoded in the 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded' format, not 'application/json'.
  • You cannot test the payment notification by print/echo methods since notify_url never loads to the browser as it's a server callback. You can only test it by updating your database upon fetching the notification.
  • You cannot test the payment notification on localhost. You need to submit a publically accessible IP or domain based URL as your notify_url for PayHere to directly notify your server.
  • No payment status parameters are passed to the return_url when redirecting the customer back to your website. You need to update your database upon fetching payment status by your script on notify_url & then show the payment status to your customer in the page on return_url by fetching the status from your database.

3. Verifying the Payment Status

It is important to verify the Payment Notification before taking any actions on the payment response. You can do the verification using the md5sig checksum parameter that is generated & sent by PayHere along with the payment status params according to following logic.

md5sig = strtoupper(
    md5 (
        merchant_id + 
        order_id + 
        payhere_amount + 
        payhere_currency + 
        status_code + 

Once you receive the payment status params from PayHere, you can locally generate this checksum using the merchant_id, order_id, payhere_amount, payhere_currency & status_code sent by the payment notification and the payhere_secret you have locally (You can find your Merchant Secret in your PayHere Account's Settings page). Your locally generated checksum should equals to the md5sig sent by PayHere if the payment notification is valid.

Code Sample (PHP)

You can host this script at your notify_url.


$merchant_id         = $_POST['merchant_id'];
$order_id            = $_POST['order_id'];
$payhere_amount      = $_POST['payhere_amount'];
$payhere_currency    = $_POST['payhere_currency'];
$status_code         = $_POST['status_code'];
$md5sig              = $_POST['md5sig'];

$merchant_secret = 'XXXXXXXXXXXXX'; // Replace with your Merchant Secret (Can be found on your PayHere account's Settings page)

$local_md5sig = strtoupper(
        $merchant_id . 
        $order_id . 
        $payhere_amount . 
        $payhere_currency . 
        $status_code . 
if (($local_md5sig === $md5sig) AND ($status_code == 2) ){
        //TODO: Update your database as payment success

Checkout API - PayHere Knowledge Base
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Last updated on 5th May 2022